They Live Synopsis
Two men (Roddy Piper, Keith David) don dark glasses and see aliens exposed.
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Los Angeles Times

By Michael Wilmington
Has its share of underthought or overwrought moments. The tone keeps shifting radically. It has some silly lines, plot lapses and goofball...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
The looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging. [7 Nov 1988]
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70

TV Guide

Carpenter is trying for a satire of advertising and consumerism under late capitalism, and although the film is great fun at...
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70

Variety

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A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.
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70

Village Voice

They Live is, to scramble its most famous line, better at chewing bubblegum than kicking ass.
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60

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst, with lots of Rambo-esque...
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the...
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30

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Mr. Carpenter has directed the film with B-movie bluntness, but with none of the requisite snap. And his screenplay (written under the...
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Typical of some of the absurd moments in this film is a long drawn-out fist fight between the hero and Frank, who almost kill each other...
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Washington Post

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The plot for They Live is full of black holes, the acting is wretched, the effects are second-rate. In fact, the whole thing is so...
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Rated R